Undergraduate Research Fellowship: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Health

Undergraduate Research Fellowship: MIndfulness, Compassion, and Health
Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018




An Undergraduate Fellowship is available with our Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. This position is open for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. About CMC: The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC) is based within Cambridge Health Alliance, an academic center, affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. CMC Student Fellows will receive exposure to the practice and research on interventions based on mindfulness and compassion. Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) serves as a public healthcare safety net system supporting over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s Metro North region. CHA is a local provider of choice for primary care, specialty care, emergency services, hospital care, maternity care and mental health. Student Fellows will be able to join regular meetings with internationally prominent faculty and researchers from Harvard Medical School and beyond. In addition, the CMC is strongly rooted in the local community, because of its mission to support diverse communities through mindfulness and compassion practice. Eligibility: We are seeking University Undergraduate students who are interested in gaining experience with clinical and behavioral research, practice and coordination of mindfulness- and compassion-based programs, groups and interventions. This Fellowship may be of particular interest to students interested in careers related to health care, community-building, neuroscience, medicine, public health, psychology, social work, education, community health and more. We welcome fellows interested in any aspect of mindfulness, compassion or contemplative psychology research and programming. In the past, previous fellows have been able to receive academic elective credits from their university for contributing to an ongoing clinical research study related to mindfulness and compassion, and its impacts on clinical health outcomes, self-regulation behavioral outcomes, and neural correlates through fMRI imaging. Fellowship Description: This fellowship is designed to provide an engaging and enriching introduction for students interested in research and clinical applications of mindfulness and compassion in healthcare or community health settings. In the research track, the fellow will assist with implementing a range of clinical research projects related to mindfulness and compassion, with an opportunity to conduct supervised research focused on a study question that is relevant to CMC. The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is currently funded to conduct several research and outreach projects, including grants from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Mind & Life Institute, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Gold Foundation and Osher Center for Integrative Health. Topic areas for current and potential research fellow projects include (1) Mindfulness in Primary Care, (2) Compassion in Medicine, and (3) Self-Compassion and Chronic Pain. Fellows will have regular patient/participant contact, help participants understand the requirements of a mindfulness- and compassion-based study, be a participant-observer in a mindfulness research intervention, help participants with smartphone behavioral and mindfulness practice tracking, collect and enter study data, and work closely with the CMC research team. Additional Information: This position requires a commitment of 10-15 hours per week for the fall and spring semesters. Some flexibility is possible regarding days of the week and time. One evening shift to help set up and be part of a mindfulness group will be required either in the fall or spring, or both depending on the fellow’s interest. This is an unpaid position, but gas reimbursement and free access to additional mindfulness and compassion courses can be offered. Learn more about the center through our website - www.chacmc.orgTo apply: Interested applicants should send a resume and one-page cover letter detailing their interest. Applications should be sent to cmc@challiance.org addressed to the CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion with subject line “Fellowship Application.” Applications will be accepted through September 15 and final decisions will be communicated by September 22. (posted 8/2017)